By Brianna Depra
Hempstead High School
Having loved sports since childhood, Yash Kumar hopes for a career as a sports journalist.
Growing up, Yash was very active because his two older brothers would take him outside to play football and basketball. The Jericho High School junior liked to watch basketball and football, especially the Super Bowl and the NBA finals. Watching the commentators gave him the idea to look into sports journalism.
“Seeing Stephen A. Smith or Skip Bayless have the ability to communicate their knowledge and predictions on certain players and teams was the career path I wanted to pursue ever since a young age,” Yash said.
Yash took a journalism elective course in his freshman year.
“We knew Yash had a passion to pursue sports journalism,” said his mother, Roma Kumar. “We pushed him to enroll in the journalism elective, as long as he worked his hardest.”
He ended up finding his niche writing about local sports for his high school newspaper. In his freshman year, he won several awards for his work and was even published in the Jericho-Syosset Tribune on multiple occasions.
“Yash’s work as a freshman was phenomenal and even surpassed some upper classmen’s work who have been enrolled in the elective for a few years,” said his teacher, Susanne Valenza. She added that by the time he graduates, “he will be able to help all journalism students with their work.”
Yash was eager to polish his writing and took an AP seminar on research and critical writing techniques.
In school, Yash is vice president of the peer tutoring club. In his spare time, he likes to play video games and to hang out with friends.
After deciding journalism was his true passion, he applied to Stony Brook University’s Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists and was accepted.
“I was surprised to get accepted as a sophomore,” he said. “I’m excited to learn more about journalism in different mediums like photo and broadcasting. It’s also a relief to get away from my parents for a week.”